Leisure activities and excursions in and around Merseburg

Dom und Schloss Merseburg | © Shutterstock

If you want to explore Merseburg and learn about its over 1,000-year old history, you have come to the right place. Our hotel offers perfect traffic links to the region's most famous sights. Attractions like the historic Ständehaus, the impressive Merseburg Cathedral and the Palace Museum are within close reach. Soak up the magic of the beautiful old town where back in the days Martin Luther used to preach in the streets. Nature lovers should definitely take an extended walk through the Palace Gardens overlooking the river Saale. The Gardens are among Saxony-Anhalt's most impressive parks. Spend some pleasant hours surrounded by nature. During a guided tour of Merseburg Renaissance Palace, history enthusiasts have the chance to learn more about the palace and the city's history.

Halle and Leipzig

Only a stone's throw away

There are lots of things to do in the area surrounding Merseburg. The region offers its visitors a perfect mix of art, culture and recreation. From eventful excursions to the zoo, city rallies through Halle, the birthplace of the famous composer George Frideric Handel, or classic opera productions - Halle's party, sightseeing and adventure offer is endless. Historical highlights like  Handel's birth house or the Francke Foundations characterise the old town centre. Halle is surrounded by greenery and offers green areas for sports and leisure activities on over 7,000 hectares. Take a boat trip and discover the beautiful nature and sights along the Saale river banks, or stroll through the Botanical Garden - a green oasis with over 12,000 different plant species.

If you head in the opposite direction, you will reach the city of Leipzig. The Saxon metropolis offers something for everyone – art and culture enthusiasts, music lovers and shopaholics. Our favourite activities: Attending a performance by one of the world's most prestigious orchestras at Leipzig's famous concert hall Neues Gewandhaus or soaking up the city's unique atmosphere at one of the countless street cafés. Enjoy the idyllic atmosphere away from the big city's hustle and bustle on one of the numerous canals, hidden paths or at hidden havens of peace in the southern or western part of the city. St. Thomas Church, the City-Hochhaus skyscraper and the city hall tower offer the best views across the old town and its surroundings.

Radisson Blu Hotel Halle-Merseburg aerial view

Our travel tips in Merseburg and sourrounding

Merseburg Cathedral, sight seeing Merseburg  | © Investitions- und Marketinggesellschaft Sachsen-Anhalt mbH, Heinz, Marlis

Cultural city Merseburg

Merseburg Cathedral

The Ottonian/early Romanesque Cathedral of St. John and St. Laurentius is one of the most outstanding historic buildings on the Romanesque Route. It houses an exhibition of fascinating cultural relics, such as the royal crypt containing restored decorated coffins dating back to the 17th and 18th century, along with the famous Merseburg Magic Spells.

Saale cycle track close to Merseburg, leisure destination Sachsen Anhalt | © Investitions- und Marketinggesellschaft Sachsen-Anhalt mbH, Klaus-Peter Voigt

Nature and sports

Cycling and hiking along the river

The Saale Cycle Path leads from the river Saale's source across the federal states of Bavaria, Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt until Barby, where the Saale flows into the Elb river.

Park in Merseburg, travel destination Sachsen Anhalt | © Wolfgang Kubak

Idyllic nature in Merseburg

Südpark and animal gardens

Only a few minutes’ drive from the Radisson Blu Hotel Halle Merseburg is the town’s Südpark (South Park). It is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. Take long walks through unspoilt nature and explore the Heimattierpark (native animal park), home to over 300 animals. The entrance is free.

Museum of history Merseburg castle | © Investitions- und Marketinggesellschaft Sachsen-Anhalt mbH

Museums in Merseburg

From medieval history to modern technologies

Merseburg’s museums cover a wide range of topics. Learn everything there is to know about the city's history at the Museum of Cultural History at Merseburg Palace. We definitely recommend the Aviation and Technology Museum, the German Chemistry Museum and the Tiefer Keller (deep basement) art gallery.

Distances from the hotel to tourist attractions in and around Merseburg

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The Ständehaus Merseburg is the former seat of the Prussian provincial assembly. Today, it is an ideal location for exclusive events. 

12 km

The historic site Bad Lauchstädt with its revived Neoclassical Goethe Theatre is within quick reach from the hotel.

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Merseburg Schlossgarten (palace gardens) and Schlossgartensalon (palace garden salon) are magical wedding venues. The historic palace ensemble is a must-see when visiting Merseburg.

16 km

Trace the footsteps of the famous Baroque composer Georg Friedrich Händel at his birthplace, the Händelhaus in Halle.

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Following Merseburg's legend of the raven, the iron raven cage, where bishop Thilo von Trotha locked away the culprit responsible for stealing his ring, is on display at the palace courtyard.

16 km

Taste yourself through countless sweet treats at the Halloren Chocolate Factory in Halle. Learn more about the factory's history at the museum next door that features a room entirely made of chocolate.


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The works of the painter and graphic artist Willi Sitte are exhibited at Willi-Sitte-Gallery.

27 km

Set amidst the wine-growing region of Saale-Unstrut in North Germany is the Rotkäppchen Sektkellerei (sparkling wine production facility). Take the chance to immerse yourself in the world of bubbly during a tasting tour.

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The Coat-of-Arms Hall at Merseburg Chapter House is one of Germany’s most impressive late-Gothic halls.

30 km

Concerts, events and shows take place at Gewandhaus concert hall in Leipzig. The varied programme includes everything from comedy to classic theatre performances.

0.5 km

Take a moment to admire Merseburg’s coat of arms and the countless episcopal shields adorning the façade of the Old Town Hall.

33 km

Catch a distant glimpse of the Monument of the Battle of the Nations from our hotel on sunny days. Take a short trip to Leipzig to admire it from up close.

1.3 km

Enjoy the rippling waters of Gotthard Lake and the tranquillity of the well-tended surrounding park. Another must-see is the rose garden bordering the rear section of Gotthard Lake.

58 km

Take a trip to the Arche Nebra, the multimedia visitor centre close to the site where the unique Nebra sky disk was discovered.